Task Force Experiment!



Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the task force had to adopt a new way of working. All physical meetings are cancelled, we need to rely on online communication for our further collaboration. This allows us to open up the target group of our joint Experiment!

The task force now offers a series of online workshops that are open to all Taftie members and International Partners. In these workshops we will provide information and discuss frequent issues that might arise when adopting more experimental approaches. The idea is to better embed experimental thinking in our agencies, so please do invite your colleagues!


The first workshop in this series will take place Oct 27, 14:30-16:00

Making the case for experimentation and RCT myth busters

In this interactive workshop we will together develop how to pitch experimentation in your agency to senior management, to other staff, or to your principals.


Please register via this link registration


We are looking forward to seeing as many as possible of you and your colleagues in the workshop!



TAFTIE Experiment! Task Force



Have you always wanted to try new ideas but never been able to convince those around you to embrace uncertainty and take the risk?

Have you been wanting to produce evidence on the impacts of your programme but not been able to secure the funding for it to be generated?

Or are you simply sceptical about the potential to be experimental in a policy setting or wondering what all the fuss is about?


Come and join this interactive workshop where we will unpack some of the key elements of policy experimentation and develop creative pitches that will help you make the case for it.



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Tuesday, October 27

14:30 - 16:00 (CEST)

Track 1: Making the case for experimentation and RCT myth busters (including questions around ethics)


Description: In this session we will (i) take a closer look at the rationale for policy experimentation, (ii) discuss some of the most common criticisms of RCTs and in how far they might be valid, and (iii)  help you deliver a strong narrative to pitch policy experimentation in your own organisation.








Task Force Experiment!


The Task Force on Experimentation EXPERIMENT! will enable participants to acquire knowledge and gain experience on experimental approaches through “learning-bydoing”.

The term “experimental approaches” covers the variety from fully fledged RTCs to more pragmatic and simple, yet systematic and structured piloting, all in real life environment.

The whole setup of the Task Force EXPERIMENT! aims at mutual exchange and action learning while carrying out such experimental approaches.

It allows for flexibility in scope and time, as agencies will start from different positions and will have to follow different schedules with their experiments and pilots.

Some will be able to contribute with their experience from past or ongoing pilots, others will be in the ideation and starting phase, while again other agencies may not carry out any experiments or pilots themselves but want to learn more about experimental approaches. In many cases, experimentation will need to be coordinated with the respective principals, which also calls for flexibility in the Task Force.


The TF will be organised through a sequence of workshops. The proposed length of the workshops is 1,5 to two days each. Workshop locations should rotate so the workshops can be hosted by different agencies.


The Task Force was established by the Board in June 2019 and will be operational till the end of 2021 (including the scheduled dissemination workshop)